So....where do I begin? Not even sure how to put into words what I am wanting to know. I am forcing myself not to do anything until spring, because I don't want to go into this on a whim. I am TOTALLY addicted to these ducks. I am obsessed for some reason. I want more, more, more, more, more, more, MORE ducks. I am forcing myself to wait until spring to even order any more ducklings. I want some Welsh Harlequinns, Magpies, Anconas, and Buffs. I already have ducks, my hubby keeps asking me what the heck I am doing! I even want to get some eggs and try my hand at THAT! The thought of that kinda overwhelms me, but again, waiting till spring so I don't just get caught up in the moment. Okay....on to my questions: When you get babies, and you get more males than you want, what the heck do you do with them? I am not a disposable pet owner, when I get any pet, I am in it for their life, even if they drive me nuts. So, this has been a huge factor for me in getting more ducks. Do you sell them? Eat them? How in the world can you eat a duck, especially if you get them as babies and have them for sometimes months before you figure out what they are? What about the moment when you look outside, count the number of ducks you have, and wonder, "What the heck??" How do you decide which ones to get rid of just the boys? My two original ducks are a boy and girl mallard, so can never get rid of him since they are a team and they were my first two. My other boy is another mallard that someone found with his mate and brought to me, I figured they would fly away and they never did, and my dogs just played with his mate to death, so he has to stay forever!!! A girlfriend gave me two ducklings that her hubby brought home, they are Rouens, and one of them just turned into a boy (he now looks like a boy, that is!) so, how can I get rid of him, number one because he came with a female, they are a couple, and number two, because a girlfriend gave them to me. I am thinking it is easier to find them new homes when you get a bunch and weed out the boys, but still .makes me feel weid. The difference in price to get sexed ducks isnt that big, so why doesnt anyone pay more to get just girls?? When you are incubating eggs, are you doing it to keep all of them? Why do you incubate anyway? Hobby? Love of it? Just cuz? I am completely interested in this question, because I want to do this, and can see it becoming a serious hobby. Eggs ..I really dont like fresh chicken eggs, unless I am cooking with them. Do you guys really like them to eat? I heard that they make food more fluffy when you bake with them, so I can see collecting them for this reason, but I can also see myself being overrun with eggs if this little hobby (obsession) continues. Do any of you show your ducks? How did you get started? Why do you do it? What do you get out of it? Do you breed your ducks specifically to show? I am thinking this would be such a fun thing to get my kids into, but I have NO idea where to start, though I know it is easy to find out. I wouldnt have a clue about knowing what to show. Not only that, how do you get your ducks to cooperate ..people talk about how different personalities are when it comes to friendliest birds ..do they need to be brave ducks that arent afraid of people? I just dont get it. LOL I am loving this forum, but I think it is making me even crazier .There are over 650 PAGES of posts on this website, I am on page 57 .I cant make myself stop looking. I think I will make it to the last page in 2013, and by then, I will be SO overrun with ducks, I wont have time to read the postsespecially if I become a single mother because my hubby has had enough! (Kidding .my hubby is great about these ducks, but I really think he is worrying about how many I talk about getting. It is so fun to have many different breeds, huh?) I LOVE reading the posts about each breed, love hearing why people love that particular breed, and the posts that have pictures showing off their babies ..I just love it all!